The game lived up to its pregame hype, 14-13. The #4 Boston College Eagles (12-1, 8-1 ACC) went into the Carrier Dome to challenge Gary Gait’s #3 Ladies Syracuse Orange (11-2, 7-2 ACC) in a game that was highly anticipated.
BC jumped out to a dominating 4-0 lead supplied by Caitlyn Mossman (3g,2a), Jenn Medjid (2g,1a), Courtney Weeks (2g) followed by Cara Urbank(1g,4a) before Syracuse could catch their breath. Megan Carney (3g)added a pair and the battle was on. Charlotte North (5G,1a) answered to make it a 5-2 BC lead.
Emma Ward (3g,1a) had an answer with back-to-back goals for the Orange that got it to a 5-4 Eagles advantage. Belle Swart (3g,1a) got it to 6-4 but was countered by Carney who nailed her 49th before Urbank got the helpers on Mossman’s 9th and North’s 59th to get it to 8-5. Sierra Cockereille (1g) closed the entertaining half with BC in front, 8-6.
Sam Swart (3g,1a) got it to a one-goal game but North hit rope for her 60th to put it back where it was. Meaghan Tyrrell (3g), Emma Ward (3g,1a), and Swart connecting for her 24th flipped the lead to 10-9 ‘Cuse. Courtney Weeks connected for her second but was offset by Tyrrell with a counter from Urbank setting up North to get it to 11-11.
Ward set up Tyrrell for her 17th and with 14:00 to play, a frantic finish was set up. Mossman knotted it up at the 11:16 mark and it seemed whoever had the ball last would win. After North notched her 62nd, Swart matched with 9:20 remaining.
The squads would go 8:16 without either hitting net until, with 1:04 left. Medjid put one behind Rachel Goldstock for the eventual winner in a spirited 14-13 contest. Megan Carney went down on a non-contact play and later returned to the sidelines with tears in her eyes and it was clear she had a knee injury, That could be devastating for Syracuse.
By the Numbers
Rachel Hall for BC and Goldstock each had 4 stops. Syracuse had 25 shots with 17 on goal but BC fired 19 times with 18 on net.
BC had an eye-catching 25 turnovers to 14. Despite only having four saves, Rachel Hall saved her biggest for last with an acrobatic save with :37 remaining. The game lived up to its pregame hype.